Marine Fellows

About

Mission

Each year, five individuals or, occasionally, teams are selected by a prominent international panel of experts to receive the prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. Each Pew Fellow is awarded a $150,000 grant, allocated over three years, to complete an original, research-based marine conservation project. Fellowships applications are by nomination only. 

Who We Are

The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation is part of the Ocean Science Division at Pew. Working to address critical marine conservation issues in the United States as well as in Europe, Australia, Antarctica and elsewhere, Pew contains one of the world’s largest marine programs in science and environmental advocacy.

Selection Process

Application for the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation is by nomination only and unsolicited applications are not accepted.

Each year a group of international marine conservation leaders are invited by the Pew Fellows Program to nominate outstanding individuals engaged in interdisciplinary, innovative work on marine conservation. Those nominees for the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation are asked to submit applications that are then reviewed and scored by the Pew Fellows Program Advisory Committee, comprised of experienced global experts in marine conservation.

The fellowship proposals are ranked based on the applied conservation merit of the proposal, the potential impact of the project and the individual's professional achievement. Pew Marine Conservation Fellowships are targeted to mid-career professionals whose future contributions to marine conservation will be significantly enhanced by receiving a Pew Fellowship.

Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation Awards

Granted over a three-year period, the $150,000 Pew Fellowship award is a project-based grant. Pew Fellowships support projects that are designed to contribute to marine conservation research, enhance leadership capacity, support outreach, promote conservation education and inform policy decision-making. Communication and outreach that support improved policies and action for the global environment are at the core of every Pew Fellow's project.

Project Team

Our Work

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  • Patterns of a Predator

    Experts have long thought that sharks roamed entire oceans without a place to call home, but a recent global study scientific review challenges that entrenched notion. The analysis, published in January 2015 in the annual review of Marine Science, reveals that sharks live their lives in geographic patterns and that observing the order of their behaviors can help tailor effective protections for... Read More

  • Shark Crimes: How DNA Helps Fight Fin Trade

    Humans kill some 100 million sharks annually, largely for shark fin soup. Some shark species, like the oceanic whitetip, have declined up to 99 percent. Read More

  • One Minute Dive

    Discover the world’s oceans and the people who study them, one minute at a time. Our One Minute Dive film series highlights the world-class Pew marine fellows and their important work to address ocean threats and challenges. Dive with these scientists in the fiords of Chilean Patagonia, visit the seagrass meadows of Malaysia, or take a stroll on the seafloor with an Indonesian walking shark.... Read More

Walking Shark Discovery

Walking Shark

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Rachel Brittin

Officer, Communications

202.540.6312